E-shelter announced in July that they have begun building a Vienna data center as part of a more than $190 million investment in the city.
Construction for the 30,000 square foot facility began in June and it is expected to be operational by July 2015. The building is the first of three planned Austria data centers by e-shelter which will be built on a 312,000 square foot site and offer a total of 90,000 square feet of space.
“The volume of data in western Europe doubles every two and a half years, and nearly half of this data is produced by businesses,” said Vienna Deputy Mayor Renate Brauner. “Demand for secure data storage solutions will continue to grow. Vienna is currently the third largest IT center in Europe, and the new data center will ensure that we are well equipped for the future.”
The Vienna data center will have a 20 megawatt electrical capacity supplied by two separate substations. In the event of a power failure, diesel generators will provide the facility with a backup power supply and connection to the global optical fiber network will offer the data center with an uninterrupted network connection.
Renewable energy sources will power the Vienna data center and the waste heat created will be diverted to neighboring buildings. E-shelter is seeking Green Building certification for the facility to be recognized as a sustainable data center.
The Vienna Internet Xchange will be installing an exchange point in the data center to allow the city’s growing IP traffic to have additional capacity. Users’ network connection will be provided by at least 10 different carriers.